The Democratic presidential hopefuls have their favorites in Saturday's 134th Kentucky Derby, each for their own reasons.
Barack Obama is counting on Colonel John, whom he mentioned as part of the "Top 10 Surprising Facts about Barack Obama" on David Letterman's show Thursday night.
"We are tirelessly working to get the endorsement of Kentucky Derby favorite Colonel John," he joked.
Hillary Clinton is betting on Eight Belles -- the only filly in the race, going up against 19 males.
Only three fillies have broken the highest, hardest glass ceiling of the biggest horse race in the world -- most recently Winning Colors in 1988.
According to the early odds, Obama's bet looks better -- Colonel John is at 4-1, while Eight Belles is 20-1.
Obama and Clinton will have a derby of their own in Kentucky, the May 20 primary.
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